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Cristiano Ronaldo scores sublime free-kick to spark vital Al Nassr comeback victory

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring for Al Nassr against Abha during the Saudi Pro League match at Mrsool Park Stadium. AFP

Cristiano Ronaldo stated he was “so completely satisfied” to attain in entrance of Al Nassr’s followers after the ahead struck a free-kick to guide his facet’s comeback win in opposition to Abha – and maintain alive their Saudi Professional League title hopes.

The Portuguese ahead, who was this week included in Roberto Martinez’s first Portugal squad, levelled the scores with 12 minutes remaining in Saturday’s night time conflict with Abha earlier than Nassr went on to safe an important 2-1 victory.

The Riyadh membership, second within the desk, have been 1-0 down and seemingly heading into the worldwide break with a crushing defeat. Nevertheless, Ronaldo’s free-kick from 25 yards – his first objective in 4 matches – and Anderson Talisca’s 86th-minute penalty sealed the three factors. Abha performed the ultimate 10 minutes with 10 males.

With the win, Nassr moved again to inside a degree of leaders Al Ittihad with 9 matches remaining. Earlier on Saturday, Ittihad thumped Al Fateh 5-1.

Talking on social media after Nassr’s come-from-behind win, Ronaldo tweeted: “Nice to get the win and so completely satisfied to attain right here in our stadium with our followers.”

Ronaldo, 38, has scored 9 targets in his previous eight 9 appearances for Nassr, however had didn’t register following an outstanding February through which he discovered the online eight occasions and registered two assists.

The previous Manchester United, Juventus and Actual Madrid attacker, who signed for Nassr in late December on a contract apparently price greater than $200 million per 12 months, will now meet up the Portugal nationwide workforce.

The 2016 European champions start their 2024 Euros qualification marketing campaign with a house match in opposition to Liechtenstein on Thursday earlier than taking over Luxembourg away three days later.

Nassr, nine-time Saudi champions, return to league motion on April 4, in opposition to second-from-bottom Al Adalah.

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